Early exit polls for the Czech elections see the left-wing Social Democrats party in the lead with 22.78 percent of the votes.
If victorious, Bohuslav Sobotka’s Social Democrats may try to sustain a minority government, or they could form a coalition with another front-running party.
In a surprising twist, billionaire businessman Andrej Babis’ new ANC party is now polling in second place with 18.3 percent of the votes, according to state television agency ANSA.
This means Babis’ party may be a viable coalition option.
Opinion polls had suggested voters were tiring of austerity measures and would give the strongest support to the leftist parties.
But the Communist Party is actually just behind the ANO party, with 18 percent of the votes.
The outcome will see an elected government formed for the first time since June, when the previous, centre-right coalition collapsed after a spying and corruption scandal.